September 14, 2009
PLANNED PARENTHOOD ARIZONA FILES LAWSUIT TO PROTECT WOMEN’S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE
Planned Parenthood Arizona filed a lawsuit today challenging the constitutionality of several provisions in the omnibus anti-abortion law that threatens women’s access to health care in Arizona. The law was signed by Governor Jan Brewer in July of this year.
“Planned Parenthood Arizona is committed to ensuring women and families in this state have access to the comprehensive reproductive care they need,” said Bryan Howard, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona. “This law puts the health and well being of more than half of our state’s residents at risk by restricting women’s access to comprehensive care. We believe the regulations should not be put into place until the court rules on the legality of this onerous law.”
This law does nothing but creates barriers, increases cost, and denies access to services and providers for women who seek abortion care. It is designed to make accessing abortion care in Arizona more complicated while also making it difficult for medical providers to provide accessible, affordable care.
The lawsuit was filed in state court, and Planned Parenthood Arizona has asked the court to prevent the new restrictions from going into effect while the litigation is pending. Planned Parenthood Arizona is committed to providing affordable access to health care for women and families and will continue to do so through this litigation process.
Planned Parenthood Arizona is the leading sexual health organization in Arizona. The organization provides health care, education and outreach services to over 100,000 men, women, teens and parents annually. Planned Parenthood Arizona operates 19 health center locations in Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Globe, Prescott and Yuma. For more information, please visit http://www.ppaz.org/.